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Stormy Daniels Was Arrested Because of a Terrible Law That Threatens Free Expression: New at Reason

When you give law enforcement a tool that can be used to target someone who has unpopular views, they will use it.

Kobby Dagan/Dreamstime.comKobby Dagan/Dreamstime.comEarlier this week, Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who says she took hush money to stay quiet about an alleged 2006 affair with Donald Trump, was arrested for violating an Ohio statute that prohibits a stripper from allowing patrons to touch her if she is nude or semi-nude. The statute used against her is an example of how free expression can fall victim to zealous moralizers—and how almost any law aimed at free expression can be used to punish a political opponent, writes Marc Randazza.

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